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News: 06/01/2009

Meeting for input on Elnoka environmental report

The public is invited to attend a scoping meeting regarding the environmental report being prepared for the Elnoka Village project, a 209-unit residential and commercial development planned next to Oakmont.

The meeting will be held on June 10, 7 p.m., at Douglas Whited Elementary School, 4995 Sonoma Highway, Santa Rosa.

The City of Santa Rosa is currently soliciting comments regarding the scope and content of the environmental information that will make up the Draft Environmental Impact Report (DEIR) for Elnoka. Written comments must be sent by 5 p.m., June 24, to William Rose, Department of Community Development Planning Division, 100 Santa Rosa Ave., Room 3, Santa Rosa, CA, 95402.

The project is on a currently vacant 13-acre site adjacent to the western end of Oakmont. Aegis Senior Living proposes to develop 209 multi-family units and about 5,000 square feet of neighborhood commercial space. Most of the units will be contained in one four-story structure containing 196 condominiums.

Of the 209 units, 42 of them would be set aside for affordable housing (very low income).

Underground parking below the four-story structure would accommodate 266 spaces. Another 201 parking spaces would be provided aboveground.

Also proposed are a picnic area, community garden, small parks within the building design, and a pet park. Possible uses for the commercial space include a beauty salon, small grocery, and delicatessen.

The location is within the Santa Rosa city limits, and the project site is currently zoned for medium density, multi-family housing. This designation was made during the city’s General Plan process in 2002.

The move was part of an effort to identify sites in Santa Rosa that could be targeted for more intense development and possible affordable housing.

Aegis Senior Living also owns 50 acres behind the project site, property which is zoned for senior-oriented facilities.

The Oakmont Village Association (OVA) has expressed a number of concerns about the project, including the traffic impacts on Sonoma Highway and its incompatibility with the surrounding neighborhoods.

The OVA has taken the position that all of Aegis’ properties, both the project site and the parcels behind it, should be looked at all at once and not developed piecemeal. Also, the OVA has said that Elnoka should be developed as a senior project, as was first anticipated by a previous developer, before the city changed its General Plan in 2002.

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